The View from the Top of the Bookcase: Who Are the 7 Coolest Cats in Movies?
Unlike Tiberius, I happen to love curling up and watching a good movie with my human family. It’s my third favorite hobby, in fact—right behind sleeping in boxes and begging for more food! Anyway, there are sooo many interesting, funny, witty kitties on the silver screen that I just have to share them with you!
Without further ado, my list of some of the best cats in movies!
The only daughter in a family of rambunctious boys, Marie copes by being hyper-feminine—she’s a total girly girl, just like me! She’s never spotted without her two pink bows, and she tries to mimic her mother’s ladylike behavior. A hopeless romantic and talented singer, Marie is thrown out of her element when she and her family are kidnapped by a jealous butler but find their way home with the help of a dashing tomcat. She’s known for her famous line, “Ladies don’t start fights… but they can finish them!”
Puss in Boots is quite possibly the only cat in the universe who can beat me in a competition of good looks. He’s a swashbuckling sword-fighter who isn’t seen without his trademark boots, sword holster and feathered cap. Although originally hired by King Harold to kill his son-in-law Shrek, Puss in Boots eventually becomes close friends with Shrek and Donkey. I just love their friendship so much!
Salem, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Ugh, this wisecracking cat always drove me bonkers! I try to always be sweet and kind, and Salem gives up cats a bad name! He’s always trying to take over the world, make millions of dollars and manipulate the people around him. He’s an evil warlock trapped in a cat’s body—as if being a fabulous feline is any punishment at all! His favorite hobbies are playing with yarn, reading Sabrina’s diary (rude!), and surfing the Internet (at least we have one thing in common).
The Cat is one of the most pleasant cats in a movie. He’s full of surprises and brings good games and new tricks to the kids trapped inside while it rains. Not only does he bring the party and teach them how to have fun, he also cleans up his mess like a good party guest.
Jiji serves as the voice of reason to his friend Kiki. When Kiki turns 13, she leaves the comfort of home to begin her solo training as a witch. Despite his chatty and sarcastic nature, he is a helpful friend—when Kiki loses an important delivery, Jiji pretends to be the stuffed cat in the package until she finds the original, even though it puts him in close proximity to a frighteningly large St. Bernard. Later in the movie, Jiji meets a pretty white cat named Lily, and he eventually becomes a father. My favorite thing about this character is that he isn’t afraid to show his felines—he’s a pretty emotional guy. Maybe his personality is because of his black coat?
Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
The Cheshire Cat is a mysterious, mischevious citizen of Wonderland. He has the ability to turn invisible one part at a time. He helps Alice by telling her which direction to take to follow the White Rabbit, but confuses her with his indirect manner of speaking and ability to bend the laws of physics—he disappears one body part at a time!
There are other versions of the Cheshire Cat, but the one from the 1951 Disney movie is my favorite… I’m a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to Tim Burton’s iteration!
Tom Cat, Tom and Jerry
While he’s not technically a cat in a movie, I think Tom deserves a place on this list. If you’ve seen this classic cartoon, you know that Tom has one goal: get rid of the nuisance Jerry Mouse by any means possible. While I don’t approve of his methods—poison and anvils aren’t so friendly!—I do admire Tom’s resilience. Even though he loses almost every single episode, he never stops trying to meet his goal! I also love, love, love the complex soundtracks of pop, jazz and classical music that pep up every episode.
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